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About me

Hi, my name is Michelle and I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor. One of my specialisms is working to support clients suffering with anxiety. Another of my specialisms and passions is helping clients with the overwhelming feelings of anger, despair and confusion that a bereavement brings up.

Sometimes my clients say they are just feeling sad and do not know how to stop feeling that way.

What can you expect as my client

I will provide a warm, safe space for you to talk, to think, to express your thoughts and feelings and tell your story. I will listen to you without making any judgement. I support you whilst you explore and try to make sense of what is happening and help you to look for better ways to cope. You and I will work together as a team towards your goal. We will work at your pace.

The issues that I work with

Although my specialisms are working with anxiety, self esteem, losses, grief and bereavement and supporting carers of those living with dementia, I have experience counselling individuals presenting with a wide range of issues including abuse, anger, chronic illnesses, depression, relationships and stress.

I volunteer at Cruse Bereavement Care where I support bereaved clients.

Being trained as an integrative counsellor means that I will adapt my counselling approach and use the counselling model that is the most suitable to your needs. You and your needs are at the centre of my work. I often use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in my work as it examines the links between your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and it includes the use of tools and strategies to try and help make the changes that you want.

How counselling can help

Admitting that you are struggling and need some support can be frightening. I understand that. However, often the scariest thing is asking for help. When you contact me, I will do my best to put you at ease and make things feel as safe as possible. You can talk and I will listen. Talking things through with a person that fits with you can be lifechanging.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapeutic Skills and Theory
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling
  • CTAA Accredited Relationship Counselling Diploma
  • Certificate of Achievement Dementia Care
  • Bereavement Volunteer at Cruse Bereavement Care
  • Other training and continuing professional development:
  • Training in telephone and online counselling
  • Relationships and infertility
  • Major Incident Training
  • Working with trauma
  • Working with clients with long term illnesses

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

If you are experiencing or are recovering from breast surgery I can support you. I understand that it can be a difficult and confusing time. A time full of fear and overwhelming emotions.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

I offer a free initial telephone consultation.

My session fees are £40-£45 by bank transfer for a 50 minute session.

Concessions may be available.  Please ask when you contact me.

Fees are payable within 48 hours of the end of the session.

A cancellation fee of £20 applies for a pre-booked session cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

Availability

Please leave me a voicemail, text or email and I will respond within 48 hours.

Wirral
Merseyside
CH60

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Michelle Richmond Dip.Couns. MBACP

Michelle Richmond Dip.Couns. MBACP